Emergency meeting called in Feniton

PUBLISHED: 14:36 04 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:36 04 November 2013

Meeting called tonight (Monday) to discuss development in the village.

Feniton Parish Council has called an emergency meeting to hear the views of residents regarding further development in the village.

The meeting is being held tonight (Monday), at Feniton CoE Primary School, and will start at 7.30pm.

Martyn Smith, the chairman of Feniton Parish Council, said: “Feniton has been under siege from developers for well over two years now. Increasing the village by 40 per cent is not a sustainable option, given its woeful infrastructure.

“We are suffering as a result of decades of appalling planning decisions and regular flooding which leaves sewage flowing in the streets and people’s houses.

“Feniton is the last place developers should be trying to build housing estates and it’s time to call a halt. The parish Council is taking a full part at the inquiry, and will be defending the village by resisting large-scale, inappropriate development.”

In January 2014, Feniton will face a inquiry into proposals by three separate developers who want to build up to 235 houses in fields surrounding the village. These developments would be on top of an estate of 50 houses, for which construction has already started, which was initially rejected by the district council but overturned on appeal last year by the Planning Inspectorate.

The inquiry is expected to take two weeks and the Planning Inspector’s decision will be made public at the end of February.

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